March 26, 2014
HOUSTON – A three-run fourth inning would be all that No. 10 Rice would need on Wednesday evening as the Lamar baseball team fell 3-2 to the host Owls at Reckling Park.
David Carver got the start on the mound for the Cardinals, and after a strong opening three frames, the senior southpaw surrendered three consecutive singles and a run to begin the fourth. A two-out single by Kirby Taylor scored two more, but that was it for Rice as Ford Stainback flied out to end the frame.
Carver was pegged with the loss after allowing five hits and striking out three over four innings of work.
The trio of J.T. Autrey, Jayson McKinley and Lance Warren all saw time on the mound over the course of the rest of the game. The group sat the final 12 Rice hitters down in order, which included Warren striking out the side in the eighth.
LU (14-12) struck for its first run in the sixth as a Kyle Markum double scored Reed Seeley to cut the deficit to two.
Sam Bumpers, who was the only hitter for either team to register multiple hits, led off the eighth with a double down the right field line, and he later scored on an error by Owl shortstop Leon Byrd.
Bumpers ended 2-for-4, and as a team the Red and White out-hit the hosts 6-5.
The Cards will return to action this weekend with a three-game set vs. McNeese State at Vincent-Beck Stadium.